Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Lodi, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing problems over the last few years.
Furnace replacement is an investment in your home, like most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service completed?
At Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is more than likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. If your system is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be setting aside that money towards a new system.
However, the average 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been properly maintained, you might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always unknowns when it comes to determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when assessing the two.
- Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be determined by the size of your home.
- Cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re searching for.
- The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you calculate the costs of both options, keep this helpful tip in mind: if your furnace service and repair is going to cost 1/3 or more of the cost of a new furnace and your system is between 12-15 years old, furnace replacement may be the better long-term option.
Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 209-257-3156 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.